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Mississippi Lawmakers Consider Texting Ban for Teens Behind the Wheel

Posted by bronwynr on April 11, 2009

Mississippi could join the ranks of those states that ban text messaging by teens while driving.

If approved, the law would prohibit 15- and 16-year-old teenagers with intermediate licenses, and temporary learning and driving permits, from text messaging while behind the wheel. more » » »


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Teens Feel the Economic Pinch in a Big Way, Study Says

Posted by bronwynr on April 10, 2009

Teens are feeling the impact of the economic crisis in a big way. Some 53 percent say they’re choosing activities that cost less money, 50 percent say they talk about the economy with their friends, and 14 percent of kids ages 15 to 17 say they contribute money to their family budget, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement, which has kept a financial pulse on U.S. teens for the last decade.

The results of the 2009 Teens and Personal Finance poll—sponsored by Junior Achievement—demonstrate a strong need to teach kids about financial literacy. “Teens are indicating feelings of uncertainty and anxiety about the economy and its effect on their lives,” says Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating kids about workforce readiness. “Possessing and using sound money management skills can help young people feel more in control of their futures.” more » » »

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Global Kids’ Digital Media Initiative main Second Life grid launch of Teen produced game CONSENT!

Posted by bronwynr on April 9, 2009

CONSENT! is a first person, simulation game based on Harriet A. Washington’s book “Medical Apartheid” <www.medicalapartheid.com> in which your avatar assumes the role of an African-American prisoner who has to make tough decisions about whether to choose to ‘consent’ and submit to medical experiments, which took place during the time period of the 1940s to the present.

The game was designed and developed by Global Kids youth leaders in the Playing 4 Keeps after school program at South Shore High School, NYC using tools in the virtual world of Teen Second Life. Additional building and scripting was also done by the teen-run TSL development company, Digital Refinery.

Source: http://www.holymeatballs.org/2009/04/consent_sllaunch.html

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National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Lineup Announced

Posted by bronwynr on April 5, 2009

This year’s NFFTY jury has selected 113 films from more than 400 submissions to be shown in themed programs at the 2009 festival in Seattle, April 24–26. In order to qualify, filmmakers must be age 22 or under. The youngest filmmaker this year was seven-year-old Emily Salva, who’s also the youngest participant to ever be featured at a NFFTY festival in its three-year history. more » » »

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A Green Social Networking Site for Teens

Posted by bronwynr on March 13, 2009

Call it the green Facebook.

There’s a new social networking site where environmentally minded teens looking for a place to chat, share ideas, and learn about careers and university programs can now visit.

Sponsored by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), the Weather Channel, and Philippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary sea-explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, the recently launched Planet-connect.org is a site designed for teens by teens.

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Being a tween

Posted by bronwynr on February 8, 2009

It’s cooler than ever to be a tween these days, but is an important part of childhood being lost?

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Online Time Important to Teen Development

Posted by bronwynr on November 22, 2008

Online Time Important to Teen DevelopmentThe largest U.S. study on teenagers and their use of digital media show that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, skills that adults do not always understand or value.


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Teens Prefer Online Sources for Health Advice

Posted by bronwynr on October 31, 2008

Like nearly everything else in their lives, teens and young adults turn to the Internet for details about health, sexuality, and wellness rather than traditional hotlines, according to a new survey from Ypulse.

The online youth-oriented media group Ypulse sponsored the poll, along with the health education nonprofit ISIS, and grassroots resource organization YouthNoise, as part of its ongoing effort to create a Web-based application where teens can go when they have questions about their bodies. more » » » 

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